Winter 2019: Elements of Story

Summerfield, Author Photo

Winter 2019: Elements of Story


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Saturdays, January 12 – February 16, 2019
2:00–4:30 p.m. (six sessions)
All classes meet at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington.
Instructor: Zulema Renee Summerfield

This workshop is ideal for writers with an early draft of a story or an idea for a story. We’ll take in-depth looks at basic elements of craft, from plot and dialogue to setting and voice, exploring ways to weave these elements into your work. Share your stories in a supportive, creative workshop setting, with an eye towards exploratory revision and eventual publication. 

Q: Who do you recommend this class to?
Zulema: This class is great for fiction writers who are seeking community, structure, and encouragement. Some writers come with stories already written that are ready for feedback and review; others come because they haven’t written in a while and are eager to jump back in.

Check out this blog post with Zulema which includes more answers to questions about the class.

Zulema Renee Summerfield is the author of the novel Every Other Weekend. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including Guernica and The Threepenny Review. Her first book, Everything Faces All Ways At Once, is available from Fourteen Hills Press. A MacDowell Colony fellow, she currently lives in Portland.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at with your name, contact information. In addition, list three classes in order of preference, why you would like to request a scholarship, and if you have taken a Literary Arts class before. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability. Scholarship availability is confirmed 1-2 weeks before the class begins.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.